Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has ordered the immediate redeployment of some staff of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.
Those affected are the heads of Administration and Accounts departments and the Revenue Officer of the hospital.
The Governor who was on an on-the-spot assessment of the hospital decry the state of facilities at the hospital and queried a situation where staff in sensitive positions have stayed put for about eight years even where it is obvious that things were wrong in the system they are paid to make better.
The Governor who described health care as one of the cardinal programmes of his administration, promised to explore opportunities within and outside the state to upgrade health care facilities in the state and assured that everything will be done within the resources available to the state government to improve the welfare of medical workers in the state.
He called for a change in attitude among the workers and to align themselves with the commitment of his administration to overhaul the health care system for better service delivery to the people of the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello today offered to pay medical bills of all children at the maternity ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital.
The Governor who was visibly moved by the condition of some of the new born babies and their mothers expressed concern over the inability of some of the parents to pick their hospital bills and therefore promised to offset the bills on their behalf.
In his remark, the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Bolorunduro Folorunsho who conducted the Governor round different departments of the hospital, expressed appreciation for the interest shown by the Governor in the affairs of the hospital.
While acknowledging some of the lapses noticed by the Governor, Dr. Folorunsho promised to work closely with the Governor in addressing the challenges faced by the hospital both in terms of physical infrastructure and human resources.